In an original addition to China’s rental economy, shopping site Bingxi Culture has launched an “art sharing” platform that allows individuals to lease out works via Alipay.

The service launched in late October, with three cities – Shenzhen, Chongqing, and Nanjing – acting as test sites. Prices vary broadly on objects from a jade-studded bracelet to a modernist painting of Buddha, with rental durations as brief as one week.

Bingxi CEO Tang Xiwen told Southern Metropolis Daily that through the rental platform, she hopes to bring art closer to daily life. On a more practical note, she also commented that as an appreciation of art among the general populace has risen, so has demand for works. Together with the rise of the so-called sharing economy in China as well as online services and logistics, the time seemed ripe to launch an online art-rental platform.

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Bailey Hu

Bailey Hu is based in China’s hardware capital, Shenzhen. Her interests include local maker culture, grassroots innovation and how tech shapes society, as well as vice versa.